There Was Once A Bridge Here: A Devastated Puerto Rico Community Deals With Isolation After Maria
The following is an excerpt from Samantha Schmidt | September 26, 2017 | Thewashingtonpost.com |
MOROVIS, PUERTO RICO — There was once a bridge here, connecting the neighborhood of San Lorenzo with the city center, connecting a community with the necessities of American life: supermarkets, gas stations, emergency services.
But Hurricane Maria was unkind to this place and that bridge. In the searing heat, families now trudge through murky, waist-deep water with grocery bags on their heads, large chunks of cement along the riverbed the only evidence that a crossing ever existed.
The storm’s devastation here in the central mountains outside San Juan was among Puerto Rico’s worst, and the bridge collapse was an added insult. Now thousands of residents are sequestered in their toppled town, away from local officials, federal help, food, fuel, water and medicine.
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